Join us for our 2017 FALL CONVENTION!

  • Hosted by: Orlando Area Poets
  • Dates: Friday, October 13 to Sunday, October 15
  • Location: Altamonte Springs Hilton
  • Admission Fees:  $25 for members; $35 for non-members


  • Register today! FSPA Registration Form.
  • Call the Altamonte Springs Hilton (407-830-1985) to book your reservation. Tell them you are with Florida State Poets Association for the Group Rate of $90 plus tax. (Call ASAP to ensure your reservation at the group rate!)

Convention Program:

Reunite with good friends, read your poems, while learning how we ‘carry our voices’ through books, journals, and spoken word slams. Enjoy the wisdom and fun of State Chancellors Peter Meinke, Florida Poet Laureate, and Lola Haskins. Celebrate the poetry and song of Nobel Laureate Bob Dylan; examine the talent of Emily Dickinson with Dr. Stephen Caldwell Wright and narrative poetry with Webb Harris. And as an extra treat, bring copies of a poem to share for a deep critique session on Sunday. The fun begins Friday afternoon and continues all weekend!


3:00 PM — Begin Registration

4:00 – 5:15 PM — Open Reading & Board Meeting (for state officers and all chapter presidents)

5:30 – 7:00 PM — Dinner (By Reservation) with a poetic and musical tribute to Bob Dylan (Reservations required for dinner, but anyone may attend the program.)

7:15 – 8:00 PM — Presentation by Florida Poet Laureate, NFSPS & FSPA Chancellor Peter Meinke: “Poets You Know that I Know”

8:15 – 9:30 PM —In-House Spoken Word Competition – with Joe Cavanaugh*

9:45 – 10:30 PM — Contest Results Part 1

*In-House Spoken Word Competition: FSPA members attending the Convention are invited to participate in a spoken word poetry competition on Friday evening, after the Chancellor ‘s dinner. The rules are simple and based on current poetry slam protocols that will be explained in detail on the evening of the competition. Bring your best two original poems, limited to 3 minutes each to be presented to a 3 member panel of judges who will select 5 finalists to compete in a second round to determine the winners. Cash prizes will be awarded. It is not necessary to have memorized your poems, the judges will be looking at the overall quality of your presentation. Good luck to everyone. Don’t miss this chance to be a prize winner and have fun.


8:00 – 9 AM — Open Readings

9:00 – 9:45 AM — General Meeting

10:00 -10:45 AM — Dr. Stephen Caldwell Wright: On Emily Dickinson

11:00 – 11:45 AM — Webb Harris: Narrative Poetry Workshop

11:45 AM -1200 PM — Announcements and 12 Chairs Graduation

12:00 – 1:45 PM Lunch with Lola Haskins (Workshop) – (Reservations required for lunch, but anyone can join the workshop.)

2:00 – 2:45 PM Al Rocheleau: Getting Into Good Journals: Building a Submission Machine Workshop

3:00 – 3:45 PM Strategies for Publishing Your Book: A Panel Discussion with Leslie Halpern, Peter Gordon, (etc.)

4:00 – 5:00 PM Contest results Part 2

5:00 – 6:30 PM Dinner on Your Own

6:30 – 7:30 PM Contest Results Part 3

7:45 – 10:30 PM Saturday Night Be In – Bring your poems and bring any musical instruments you have. Music and poetry together!!!


8:00 – 9:00 AM Open Readings

9:45 – 10:00 AM Convention Wrap-Up

10:00 – 11:30 AM — Deep Critique Circle – Bring poem to be critiqued.

Members may bring books to sell at the book sale tables. Each book must have a 3×5 card with the following info: Authors name, price the book is selling for (round numbers only please – not $12.95, but $13.00), numbered, with number of books listed (for example: 1 of 4, 2 of 4, 3 of 4).




  • Click here for photos of our Fall Convention in Daytona Beach!
  • Click here for photos from our Spring Fling in Tampa!